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Six Sources of Waste in Machine Design

We sat down with over 70 engineers and designers across industries to better understand their sources of waste in the design and manufacturing process for custom equipment. Surprisingly, few sources of waste were related to CAD activities!

Etienne Lacroix CEO & Founder / May 30th, 2017

Industrial equipment is still being designed and manufactured like it was 20 years ago, relying on a highly fragmented ecosystem of regional industrial distributors, engineering integrators, and local machine shops.

Recently, Vention worked with a select group of ~70 engineers and designers in a variety of industries to identify primary sources of waste in the design and manufacturing of custom industrial equipment.

Surprisingly, few sources of waste were related to CAD activities.

The main sources of waste identified were where time was spent:

     1- Searching through an array of industrial catalogs and distributor websites.

     2- Validating the compatibility of vendor parts coming from different suppliers.

     3- Searching and importing 3D models of parts into desktop CAD software or creating them from scratch.

     4- Designing custom parts required to connect other parts from different vendors.

     5- Redesigning previously designed equipment, as CAD files and project documents were lost.

     6- Purchasing vendor parts and custom parts from various suppliers.

Most of these sources of waste take place at the intersection of CAD software activities and hardware-related activities; facilitating integration between the two could yield significant benefits. In the context of custom industrial equipment, where on average 50% of the total cost is related to engineering hours, eliminating these inefficiencies would not only save weeks of time but would also significantly impact the economic business case of the end product.

Fortunately, recent developments in design software and industrial hardware technologies have paved the way for integration between the two, enabling an array of “intelligent features” that wouldn’t have been possible between just a few years ago. Resulting benefits will create a step-change reduction in machine design cycle-time and cost.

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